Match: Russia vs Croatia
Competition: World Cup 2018 Quarter Final
Time / Date: 21:00h / 7 July 2018
Venue: Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht, Sochi.
Russia vs Croatia Prediction
- Half Time to end as a Draw at 11/10 (@1.90) with Betfair
Russia vs Croatia Correct Score Prediction
- Croatia 1:0 at 15/2 (@8.50) with Betfair
Russia vs Croatia Anytime Goalscorer
- Luka Modric Anytime Goalscorer at 15/4 (@4.75) with Betfair
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Russia – Croatia prediction for the match of the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The hosts keep on dreaming, and every skipped phase is considered a huge success, even more so after the weak form before the start of the World Cup and the low expectations for the team. Will the Russians get at least match for the bronze medal or will they find their master in the face of Croatia?
In the following word we will analyze the performance of both teams, we will look at their results so far and will give our free betting tips and prediction for Russia – Croatia.
Russia vs Croatia Match Preview
Russia have begun with a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, and with each subsequent match, the opponent grew more serious and the performance of Russia weaker. Still, the team won a victory over Egypt, losing Uruguay, but finished second in Group A, which ranked them for the eighth-finals.
There Spain waiting for them, and there were not many people who predicted the final success for „Sbornaya“. The match started badly for them with Ignashevich’s early own goal, but the Russians showed their teeth in attack and the team won a penalty that was turned into a goal by Dzyuba. In the second half, the hosts rarely go even close to the center but the solid defence did not allow the Spanish players to create anything dangerous. This performance was retained in both extras, and the penalty Igor Akinfeev was the hero with a 4: 3 success for Russia.
Croatia have achieved three wins in Group D, and have also saved forces after the team have qualified for the next phase since the second game. The most impressive was Argentina’s success with 3: 0, at which the numbers read perfectly what happened on the pitch. The match versus Iceland had the biggest difficulty for The Blazers and the three points were won in the last minutes, but that was normal with just two players from the regular eleven on the pitch.
The eighth-finals clash between Croatia and Denmark kicks off with a goal in both ends only in the first five minutes. Then the pace of the two teams began to go down and the game became one of the most boring so far. The match was equivalent, even with a slight predominance of „Red Dynamite“, but it took a penalty. There, Subasic and Schmailer Jnr. performed awesome, but the final triumph was for Croatia.
Russia vs Croatia Head-to-head
- The two countries exchanged a two goaless draws in the EURO 08 qualifiers.
- In 2015 Croatia won a friendly match with 3: 1.
Russia vs Croatia Stats, Streaks and History
- Russia reached the quarterfinals stage of the World Cup for the first time since the USSR split.
- The Russians have never won the regular 90 minutes of the World Cup in their four encounters against European teams.
- The hosts made 10 shots on target in their first two matches and their total against Uruguay and Spain were only 2.
- Croatia have won only one quarterfinal so far – over Germany in 1998.
- Croatia have only one loss of seven matches against European teams at World Cup Finals, and five wins plus one draw have been recorded in the other matches.
Russia vs Croatia Team News
Alan Dzagoev suffered an injury in the early minutes of the Saudi Arabian match, and it is taking him from the matches to the end of the race. The experienced wing player, Yuri Zhirkov, has been injured after the match against Spain and is still in question. In the starting eleven right to return there is the right-wing defender Igor Smolnikov who suffered the penalty imposed on him.
Fedor Smolov, Aleksandr Golovin, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Zobnin and Yuri Gazinskiy are all one booking away from a one-match suspension.
Predicted Lineup 3-4-2-1 : Akinfeev – Kutepov, Ignasevich, Kudryashov – Fernandes, Kuzyaev, Zobnin, Zhirkov – Samedov, Golovin – Dzyuba.
Nikola Kalinic was sent off from Croatia’s camp from the coaching staff after the first match. Ivan Strinic left the field injured in the match with Denmark and will probably not be able to take part in the match with Russia. The left defender was tragic against the Danes and would probably not have started in the early minutes even if he was completely healthy.
Ante Rebic, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca, Sime Vrsaljko, Vedran Corluka and Tin Jedvaj are all one booking away from a one-match ban.
Predicted Lineup 4-1-4-1 : Subasic – Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic – Brozovic – Rebic, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic – Mandzukic.
Russia vs Croatia Prediction
Russia have shown that can defend their goal strongly, and victory over Spain will give the team more confidence. The hosts have no choice in the upcoming match except to go out on the pitch with the thought of deep defences and counterattacks approach.
Croatia seems to be unable to withstand the tension as a favourite in the game and it is clearly against Denmark. The Blazers players were the weakest in Russia facing Danes, and they should be glad to have gone through the „Red Dynamite“.
We are expecting a new boring match in which the image of the game between Russia and Spain will be repeated, but this time the Iberians will be Croatia. The Blazers will have much more control over the ball, but the passes will be unimportant in the width of the pitch, and the chances ahead of Akinfeev rare. The meeting will be decided after a goal in the second part, and why not again take the penalty shootout.
Our prediction for Russia – Croatia is Half Time – Draw. The recommended bookmaker for such markets is Betfair.